Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Date of Birth:  05/20/1983
Age:  35
Height  5'6"
Weight:   190
College:  Kansas State
Drafted:  2005 | Round 4 | Pick 130
Depth Chart:  3rd down RB

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Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

The Eagles have re-signed running back Darren Sproles.

All indications have been that Sproles, who suffered a torn ACL early last season, was going to be back in 2018 despite the intention of retiring after 2017, and now it's official. Sproles will join a crowded Eagles backfield that includes Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement, but the veteran running back will likely have a decent role on offense. Sproles might also be the primary punt returner for the Eagles. Because the Eagles should again have one of the league's best offenses, Sproles might be a decent fantasy option in deeper leagues. However, Corey Clement did an exceptional job as a receiver out of the backfield for the team last season and might take much of the work Sproles otherwise might have gotten.

Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Darren Sproles is leaning toward returning in 2018.

Sproles suffered both a torn ACL and broken arm at the end of September, so he's had to watch the Eagles' Super Bowl run from the sidelines. He told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that he doesn't want to go out with an injury, stating "I want to go out on my own terms." Before the year, Sproles indicated that this would be his last year, but it's not surprising he's leaning toward coming back after he was injured early in the season. After the injury it sounded like Sproles was seriously considering playing in 2018, and it doesn't sound like that's changed. He's set to become a free agent this offseason.

Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Darren Sproles implies he will come back in 2018.

Sproles, who both tore his ACL and broke his arm on the same play on Sunday, tweeted "Thanks to everyone for all your continued prayers and well wishes! #TheComeBackWillBeReal #StayTuned". The 34-year-old back isn't going out like this, despite the fact that it would've been quite the way to go out after he showed extreme toughness by walking off the field with a torn ACL and broken arm while many players today will roll around on the ground for minutes with a mildly sprained ankle. The Eagles will very likely want Sproles back next season, as he's still an effective player both on offense and on punt returns. If they don't want him back, other teams certainly will.

Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Darren Sproles (knee) has been played on IR.

This isn’t a surprise after it was revealed that he suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s win over the Giants. In the offseason, it sounded like 2017 might be his final year, but he might not want to end his career due to injury. That said, it doesn’t get much tougher than walking off the field without anyone even knowing you have a major knee injury, and he might decide this is it. Either way, Sproles could have a Hall of Fame worthy resume and find his way into Canton at some point.

Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Darren Sproles has both a torn ACL and broken arm, according to ESPN.

ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported the news. When the play first happened, we initially thought it was a knee injury after it appeared Sproles was grabbing at his knee, but they ruled it an arm injury. Unfortunately, he did indeed injure his knee as well on the play, and he'll miss the entire 2017 season. It's a huge loss for the Eagles, but it's obviously even worse for Sproles. The 34-year-old running back had indicated this would be his last season, and now this happened. Everyone would love to see Sproles back next season, but it'll take a long rehab, so we'll have to see what happens. Sproles toughness has to be admired by everyone, as he walked off the field and was reportedly around the locker room like nothing was wrong—despite a broken arm and torn knee. Especially today with everyone being so dramatic, it's more difficult to find people with the kind of toughness Sproles has.

Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Darren Sproles is believed to have a broken arm, according to Ian Rapoport.

Sproles will have an MRI tomorrow which should give more of a timeline on how long he'll be out. Expect him to be out quite a while, and he'll likely be a candidate to hit Injured Reserve (with the ability to return after eight weeks). We'll know more tomorrow.

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Darren Sproles (wrist) has been ruled out against the Giants.

Sproles injured his wrist in the first half and is officially out for the rest of the game. He had three carries for 11 yards before leaving. We should get word on the severity of the injury within the next couple of days, if not after the game.

Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Darren Sproles leaves game against the Giants with an apparent wrist injury

This didn't look good off the first impression, but Sproles appears to be OK. Sproles took a toss against the Giants and was tackled, appearing to hold his knee. The veteran running back appeared to let out an expletive that could be heard through the television broadcast, which made it seem more serious as medical personnel attended to him. But when the broadcast returned, Sproles was shaking out his wrist and headed to the locker room. A wrist is a lot better than a knee, so hopefully this injury doesn't keep Sproles out for too long.

Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Darren Sproles leads Eagles in carries in Week 2.

Not including Carson Wentz's four rushes, the Eagles only ran the ball 13 times against the Chiefs—and Sproles got ten of them. He had 48 yards on his ten attempts while also adding two receptions (on four targets) for 30 yards. Sproles did also lose a fumble on a punt return after making a couple of guys miss. The 34-year-old back looks quick as ever, and Philadelphia will likely continue to get the ball in his hands this season. He's a fine FLEX option in PPR leagues next week against the Giants.

Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Darren Sproles catches five passes in Eagles' Week 1 win over the Redskins.

Sproles tied a team-high in targets with eight, gaining 43 yards on his five receptions. Sproles did also have two carries for two yards in the game. He's a clear asset in PPR leagues, but there are probably better, more consistent options for your lineup in standard leagues.

Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Darren Sproles gives thoughts on Eagles RB situation to Josina Anderson.

Sproles told Anderson that five players (him, LeGarrette Blount, Ryan Mathews, Donnel Pumphrey, and Wendell Smallwood) can share the load and everyone has to "know [their] role." The quick running back said Blount and Mathews are more of early-down pounders, he's a receiving back and third-down guy, the rookie Pumphrey lining up in the slot (which he's done so far in spring training), and Smallwood doing it all. This could just be Sproles speculating what he thinks might happen; especially because Ryan Mathews is expected to be released when he's recovered from his neck injury, while undrafted rookie Corey Clement was left off the list but is a talented guy that might make the team. Blount is the back that will have the most value in standard leagues, and Sproles should be the most valuable of the bunch in PPR.

Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Darren Sproles will be back with the Eagles in 2017.

Head coach Doug Pederson said so at the NFL Combine. Sproles has said this will be his last season, so he will end his career with the Eagles. The team won't need to worry about managing his workload for the future, and Sproles should get a decent amount of touches next season. He should be a great FLEX option for PPR leagues and should be useful in standard leagues as well.

Darren Sproles gets 12 touches in season finale.

He had nine carries for 32 yards and three receptions for four yards. He had 94 carries for 438 yards and two rush touchdowns, with 52 receptions for 427 yards and two touchdowns receiving. Sproles has said 2017 will be his last season, and we expect it to be back with the Eagles.

Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Darren Sproles scores opening touchdown in Eagles' win over the Giants.

Sproles had seven carries for 40 yards and a touchdown, with two catches for 23 yards receiving. The touchdown was a 25-yarder on a toss to the right. Sproles got great blocking on the play, and once he got in the open field he made one guy miss and basically walked into the endzone. Sproles is a good FLEX option for the final week of the season.

Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Darren Sproles (concussion) is questionable for Week 16.

The Eagles play tomorrow night against the Giants and Sproles should be good to go, according to head coach Doug Pederson. Sproles isn't a bad FLEX option.

Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Darren Sproles (concussion) is out for the Eagles this Sunday.

Sproles took a big hit on a punt return last Sunday against the Redskins. He'll try to get cleared for next Thursday night against the Giants. Ryan Mathews and Kenjon Barner will get most of the work in the Eagles backfield against Baltimore.

Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Sproles (concussion) still not cleared.

It's looking like Ryan Mathews and Kenjon Barner will be splitting the backfield work for Philly this weekend against Baltimore. The Ravens aren't a good matchup for running backs anyway, so those relying on Sproles should look elsewhere for this week. Kenjon Barner has shown flashes when he's been on the field, but is only worth a look in deeper leagues.

Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Darren Sproles is still in concussion protocol.

It's only Wednesday, so there's time for him to get cleared for Sunday against Baltimore. He'll be a FLEX option if he can go.

Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Darren Sproles leaves game after taking huge hit on punt return.

Sproles was hit by Redskins safety Deshazor Everett before he could even field the punt. Sproles had five carries for 27 yards and two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown before leaving. He will now need to get through concussion protocol to play this Sunday against the Ravens. If he gets cleared, he'd be a FLEX option.

Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Sproles gets 13 touches in Week 13.

He had seven carries for 14 yards and a touchdown and six catches for 35 yards. Sproles isn't a great FLEX option.

Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Darren Sproles rushed three times for six yards and caught five passes for 48 yards in Monday night's loss to Green Bay.

Sproles couldn't do much, even with Ryan Mathews (knee) out and the Eagles desperate for weapons with Bryce Treggs and Paul Turner playing wideout for them. Wendell Smallwood got the start but turned 10 touches into 47 yards. Sproles is a decent FLEX next week against the Bengals.

Darren Sproles | Eagles RB

Sproles loses featured role to Ryan Mathews.

With Mathews going off on Sunday, Sproles stepped back into his passing-down role, catching eight passes for 57 yards. He also rushed twice for 19 yards. From a real life perspective, this is good for Sproles; as a fantasy owner, less touches is never a good thing. He will probably see a lot of work next week on the road against a tough Seattle defense, giving him FLEX status.

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